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Southern Missouri Region
1545 N. West Bypass
Springfield MO 65803
417-832-9500 Ext. 107
Contact: Nigel Holderby
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Red Cross to Host Amateur Radio Club Event!
American Red Cross; Southern Missouri Region 6/18/12
Springfield, MO – In only 5 days, the Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club (SMARC), powered by Power Source Solar and hosted by the American Red Cross, will demonstrate their ability to operate without using traditional power mains for 24 hours. In times of disaster or national crisis radio maybe the only way left to communicate. This annual event is coordinated by the American Radio Relay League to test all radio amateurs nationwide.
During many types of disasters critical communication’s infrastructure can be compromised. Cell towers and phone lines no longer operate. 911 calls cannot be completed. Ham radio is the only answer. It has only been one year since the devastating Joplin Tornado where local heroes operated ham radios around the clock to keep hospitals connected and help coordinate other emergency efforts. They provided lifesaving communications where none existed. Come learn how you can help save lives on Saturday.
On this special occasion, you can: Get on the radio without a license, learn about emergency preparedness and meet storm spotters; but best of all participation is fun and free, so join us anytime between Saturday, June 23rd at 1:00pm to Sunday, June 24th at 12:00pm on the American Red Cross lawn at 1545 N West Bypass; Springfield, MO.
For additional information please contact Nigel Holderby: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.